Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 11, 2012

Windows RT lands with too many restrictions – Although Windows RT does showcase many of the best things about Windows 8, it also has limitations that its more full-featured sibling doesn’t. Take a First Look at Microsoft’s tablet version of the new Windows.

Racist anti-Obama Facebook post gets woman fired – A California woman seems genuinely surprised that calling the president by the n-word and wishing for his assassination might be, well, a big deal.

Livescribe proves that the pen isn’t dead yet – The Sky wifi smartpen from Livescribe makes a pen and paper work in a tablet world.

Be Like Bond: Skyfall-Like Spy Gear – Q isn’t coming to you, so the best way to mimic 007 is to buy these real-life gadgets and tools of the spy trade.

Google Shopper for Android hits 3.0 just in time for Black Friday – With a shiny new interface and some cool new features, Google Shopper 3.0 steps up its game just in time for the holidays.

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Walmart Black Friday 2012 ad leaks: Laptop, desktop, tablet PC deals – Doorbuster sales include a 15.6-inch Compaq Presario notebook for $179, a 20-inch HP Pavilion all-in-one desktop for $389, and the Barnes & Noble 8GB Nook Color tablet for $99.

Lawmakers Target Operations of Data-Mining Firms – Members of the Congressional Bipartisan Privacy Caucus said Thursday that responses they received from nine major data brokers provided only a glimpse of a multibillion-dollar industry “that has operated in the shadows for years.” Data brokers tap a variety of sources for consumer information, including mobile phones and social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn. The data is then packaged and sold to advertisers and retailers seeking to tailor their marketing campaigns to specific customers.

Instructions On How To Delete An Online Account Profile (for over 500 different sites) – As we continue to tread down that road of cloud computing we find ourselves signing up for more and more and more… As a result, many of these online services that we establish accounts with, we either become bored with or not satisfied with the service; OR we sign up to experiment with the service and simply forget about them and never go back. The problem with this is, that every instance that you sign up for an account and use an online service to post information you are giving away a part of yourself.

Three simple rules for buying a new laptop – A tablet can take the place of a laptop if all you do is browse the Web and read e-mail. If you need to get any serious work done, whether for school or business or just everyday life, a laptop is still the smarter choice. It gives you a keyboard, a bigger screen, copious amounts of storage, and compatibility with all your favorite software. So, what kind of laptop should you get, and with what specs and features? I can make this really simple.

Video: Exploring The Elder Scrolls Online – The Elder Scrolls Online seeks to take the world, lore, and gameplay of The Elder Scrolls franchise, and translate it into a massively multiplayer online game. With mechanics that are designed specifically for a compelling single-player experience, it’s difficult to see how that will work, but the designers are at least giving it a real shot. My biggest fear was that the game would only really take the lore of The Elder Scrolls, and otherwise be just like every other MMO on the market.

Google access restored in China, says report – Google, Gmail, and other Google offerings seem to be available again, after an apparent blockage coinciding with the start of the 18th Communist Party Congress, and related protests.

Walmart Fires Employees Who Smashed iPads – Why do people publicly upload videos of themselves that could get them canned?


Scams and data leaks are top security threats, Gartner says – The technique of using deception and manipulation to gain sufficient knowledge to dupe an unwary individual, employee or company into revealing personal information has the potential to be one of the biggest security threats in 2013 according to a security expert.

“Free $100 McDonald’s Gift Card” is a Facebook scam – Hungry for a few dozen hamburgers? Your stomach will continue to rumble, plus your blood pressure will likely go up, if you click on a Facebook survey scam offering “Free $100 McDonald’s Gift Card”.

Hackers Focus on Facebook, Twitter – Did you know hackers have their own forums, chat rooms, and websites? And that they talk about targets they’re interested in attacking and how they’ll accomplish the crime? They’re talking about social network attacks, particularly Facebook and Twitter. You may wonder why the criminal interest in these two social networking mainstays.

Windows 8 security patches to be released – Three “critical” fixes for both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8 will be issued on Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday. According to Microsoft, critical vulnerabilities are most severe. They can be exploited to allow code execution without user interaction. Such execution allows malware to self propagate itself or code to be executed without warnings or prompts to a user.

Memory Bug Fixed in Tor Client – The Tor Project has fixed a flaw in its anonymization and privacy software that leaked information from memory on some machines running Tor that could give an attacker access to sensitive information stored in the cache. The issue was caused by the way that some compilers handle a specific function in the Tor client.

Company News:

Apple, HTC announce global settlement of patent disputes – Smartphone competitors agree to 10-year patent licensing deal on all current and future patents held by both companies.

Apple sets its sites on the automotive industry – Some may scoff at the idea of Apple’s iOS inside of an automobile, but the idea is not far-fetched at all.

Tweet failures plaguing Twitter’s official apps – Many users are reporting problems with Twitter’s official apps. Maybe the “fail whale” has made a return.

Foxconn ‘mulling US factories’ – Apple supplier Foxconn is reportedly considering opening factories in the US, opening up the opportunity for Americans to work every waking moment for peanuts, riot, and then hurl themselves from the top of a building.

Webopedia Daily:

Master Page – In Web site development with ASP.NET, the master page is a feature that enables you to define common structure and interface markup elements for your Web site, including headers, footers, style definitions, or navigation bars. The master page can be shared by any of the pages in your Web site, called the Content Page, and removes need to duplicate code for shared elements within your Web site.

Off Topic (Sort of):

3D-printed home of the future resembles a cave dwelling – Sure, 3D printing tech can be used to fabricate familiar everyday objects, and even whole rooms. But why use an infinitely flexible and creative medium to reproduce existing architectural forms?

Getting out of the way… – Best reverse run away ever. (recommended by Michael F.)

The ultimate superhero infographic – In light of Disney’s recent acquisition, Empire Magazine has put together an easy to understand infographic explaining who owns what.

How to Set Up a Puppycam – Wonder what your pet is up to when you are away? Here’s how to set up the tech you’ll need to keep a remote eye on your critters when you’re not home.

Report: NASA Set to Announce Ambitious Moon Base Plan – With President Obama back in the White House, NASA is reportedly ready to reveal plans to send astronauts back to the moon and build an orbiting base around Earth’s satellite.

I bet you a dollar I can play with your boobs without touching them – Police in Minnesota said an Iowa man was arrested for allegedly fondling the breasts of his 8-year-old son’s psychologist. “I bet you a dollar I can play with your boobs without touching them,” Friest allegedly told the doctor. He then allegedly fondled the psychologist’s breasts with his hands and gave her the dollar.

Today’s Quote:

You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.”

–      George Burns

Today’s Free Downloads:

FileZilla 3.6.0 – FileZilla is a fast and reliable FTP client with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.

ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus + Firewall 11.0.018 – The only all-in-one free security that seamlessly integrates award-winning Antivirus and ZoneAlarm Firewall together for maximum protection and performance.

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